Law enforcement is truly a family affair for Christina Dmytrus of the Copperas Cove Police Department.
In the same week she was promoted to corporal last month, she married her husband, an officer with the Temple Police Department, and one of her bridesmaids was fellow officer Krystal Baker.
After serving six years in the U.S. Army and the National Guard, the Dallas native wanted a career that would give her a sense of pride.
“Making a difference that I can see every day and that helps change peoples’ preconceived ideas about the police is really nice,” Dmytrus said.
These days her patrol takes her through the halls of Copperas Cove High School.
As a female police officer, Dmytrus knows when she needs to project a stronger image to show authority while she builds trust so students feel comfortable talking to her about any problem.
The Copperas Cove Police Department currently has seven female officers. Dmytrus, a 4½-year veteran, has not detected a difference in the treatment of male and female officers.
“Our department does a really good job, so there’s no bias and everything is on an even plane,” she said.
While she wants to see how much she can progress up the ranks, Dmytrus still prefers patrol work.
“On patrol you never know what is going to happen every day, and there’s something exciting about that,” she said.
“I’m still a girl off duty,” said Officer Krystal Baker.
A hometown girl born in Killeen, Baker is also a mother to two boys, ages 6 and 8. Her husband is deployed overseas, but she has a strong support system with her family and in-laws. Every night before she goes to work, her children tell her to “catch the bad guys.”
Baker has been with the Copperas Cove Police Department for more than three years and previously worked as a code enforcement officer. She was attracted to police work because of the challenge.
“I always have to have something new every day,” Baker said. “I also wanted the interaction with the public and this is a great way to do that.”
She agreed with Dmytrus that the department has done an outstanding job in treating all officers fairly, and some male officers are even protective of the female officers.
While she enjoys her patrol work, Baker wants to move through the ranks to become a detective.
“It does take a special person to do this job,” she said. “We have an amazing set of female officers in our police department right now, and if we could add more that would be awesome.”
At the end of the day, Baker said she’s “still a girl” when she’s off duty.
“I love to go shopping; that’s my stress relief and hobby.”